III. Research and Report Summaries
2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey - U.S. Election Assistance Commission, June 29, 2017: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive nationwide data about election administration in the United States. The survey is a deep dive into a wealth of election and voting data and includes findings such as an increase in registered voters since 2012, a growing number of Americans voting before Election Day, and a larger number of jurisdictions using technologies such as e-poll books.
“In the face of unique challenges last year, election officials across the country administered fair and accurate elections,” said EAC Chairman Matthew V. Masterson. “Today’s report gives us a detailed look inside that process and provides data we can use to improve future elections and voter experience. The EAC looks forward to turning the 2016 EAVS responses into resources for state and local election officials and the American voters they serve.”
Recommendations for Improving Military and Overseas Data Collection - The Council of State Governments, June 2017: The Council of State Governments' Overseas Voting Initiative recently published recommendations, as well as a corresponding final report, to improve Section B of the Election Administration and Voting Survey, or EAVS, which tracks military and overseas voter behavior. The CSG EAVS Section B Working Group recommendations include:
- Eliminate redundant survey questions;
- Improve the understanding of each survey question; and
- Establish greater outreach to states prior to the submission of each biennial survey.
Why Are Millions of Citizens Not Registered to Vote? - The Pew Charitable Trusts, June 2017: Analyzing a survey about the attitudes and experiences of unregistered voters, this report finds:
- Less than 20 percent of eligible citizens have been offered the chance to register at a motor vehicle or other government agency.
- The unregistered were more likely to say they do not vote because they dislike politics or believe voting will not make a difference.
- At least 13 percent of the unregistered say they could be motivated to register in the future.